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    Mike77 is offline Member 510 points
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    So what about a non-competitive residency?

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    Well I understand that you might be at a bit of a disadvantage with being an IMG. However, I was told that for a relatively easy residency, this is not the case. I am seriusly considering psychiatry, pediatrics, neurology, and maybe even family. I know neurology is fairly tough, but assuming that I get a good-average USMLE score, will I still have problems?

    I know this is a tough question to answer, but i'd love to hear some opinions. Thanks again.

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    Depends on where you're applying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMo View Post
    Depends on where you're applying.
    My apologies, i'm completely fine with the US. The res that I am most likely going for is psychiatry, which I am told is fairly easy to score a spot even with a sub-par USMLE score.

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    Ya, depends on where you're applying...

    So now, to elaborate. I didn't mean the U.S. vs. Canada. I actually assumed U.S. But the institution has to be considered...

    Mass General is waaaay harder than out-in-the-ole shed program in backtown Idaho. Even if it is FM or psych. So you gotta be wise about where you apply, not just what to apply into, and how realistic your chances are in matching to that institution's program.

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    Just wondering, generally speaking, is getting into a Cali residency extremely difficult even if you have a pretty decent USMLE score?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMo View Post
    Ya, depends on where you're applying...

    So now, to elaborate. I didn't mean the U.S. vs. Canada. I actually assumed U.S. But the institution has to be considered...

    Mass General is waaaay harder than out-in-the-ole shed program in backtown Idaho. Even if it is FM or psych. So you gotta be wise about where you apply, not just what to apply into, and how realistic your chances are in matching to that institution's program.
    I figured that the res program's were all somewhat similar in competitiveness, with some a bit harder then others. I really didn't know that there was a huge amount of variability in that. So assuming that i'm going to a relatively easy one, there wouldn't be any major problems?

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    i am not looking forward to this visa thing but residency should be cool! anybody know good spots in Chicago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike77 View Post
    I figured that the res program's were all somewhat similar in competitiveness, with some a bit harder then others. I really didn't know that there was a huge amount of variability in that. So assuming that i'm going to a relatively easy one, there wouldn't be any major problems?

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    California... the fact is, no one from Saba (that I know of) has ever matched in Cali. I guess either we don't try or they don't want us...prob a combination of the two. Reason being is that there is a ton of paperwork and hoops of fire to jump through to match there. I hear that is changing soon, then again that's what they've always been saying.

    Mike77... yes there is TREMENDOUS variability amongst the institutions. Take internal medicine for instance. It's primary care. Great. A community program would have relatively low competitiveness (combination of people not wanting to go to a no-name community program and the lack of a major-league reputation from these institutions yields lower competition).

    But consider a big-name university program like the Mayo Clinic...for IM, you should be definitely over 90% USMLE, even 95% for a facility like that. Darkmansaad posted about the current hospital where he's rotating (one of the east coast ones). He said that most of the IM residents scored over 95% there...I would call that a very competitive program.

    See what I mean...you have to research research research and choose wisely where to apply.

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    I grew up in chicago--and my uncle teaches at Stritch School of Medicine, and I toured the hospital there (Loyola) and they have quite a few residency programs---gorgeous hospital too...but Im assuming its pretty competitve (unless you are an MD FROM stritch) but ya can always try...Rush might have some good ones as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margie View Post
    I grew up in chicago--and my uncle teaches at Stritch School of Medicine, and I toured the hospital there (Loyola) and they have quite a few residency programs---gorgeous hospital too...but Im assuming its pretty competitve (unless you are an MD FROM stritch) but ya can always try...Rush might have some good ones as well.
    There are 6 (yes, six) medical schools just in the city of Chicago. And then there's a whole bunch of hospitals that have their own residency programs. So there is a whole ton of residency programs to go around. Then again, there's also a million people trying to get those programs. And some are ultra-competitive (UChicago, Northwestern, Cook County Hospital come to mind).

    You should probably focus on medical school first and worry about your residency placement later.

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